Brighton's Chris Hughton: FA Cup tie at Manchester United is huge for me
Brighton boss Chris Hughthon admits Saturday's FA Cup quarterfinal at Manchester United will be one of the biggest moments of his managerial career.
Brighton are bidding to reach the last four of the competition for the first time since they lost to United in the 1983 final.
Hughton has rotated his squad for previous rounds but intends to name a strong starting XI for what he anticipates will be a fantastic occasion for the south coast club and their army of travelling supporters.
"It's right up there. There isn't one player that won't want to play, there won't be one [Brighton] supporter that won't be looking forward to the game," said Hughton when asked where this game ranks in his coaching career.
"These are the moments that you work as hard as you do for in what I think has been a good but tough season so far.
"The likes of ourselves don't generally get to quarterfinals and semifinals and you have to give it all you've got.
"To go through would be wonderful for this club. It's a big task and United will be clear favourites."
Hughthon has a miserable managerial record at Old Trafford. He has visited the stadium four times as a manager but has yet to see one of his teams score there, suffering defeat on each occasion and conceding 12 goals.
His most recent visit -- and only one with Brighton -- was a 1-0 loss in November. Hughthon wants his players to replicate the performance they produced that day, albeit with a better outcome.
"What we can get confidence from is that on our last visit to Old Trafford we played very well," he said. "We didn't come away with a [positive] result, but we played very well. We will have to do the same again."
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho goes into the game under pressure after their surprise midweek Champions League exit to Spanish side Sevilla. The FA Cup now represents their only chance of silverware this season.
Brighton defender Shane Duffy has backed United to bounce back from their European disappointment in the long term but hopes his team can make the most of it on Saturday evening.
"Probably they didn't expect to get knocked out but it's a huge club, they're there to win trophies and I've no doubt that they will win trophies again," said Duffy.
"Hopefully [there's a] bit of pressure on them now that they are out of the cup and we can go there and maybe take advantage of it. [We will] try to get the crowd quiet and you never now; you've seen cup shocks and that's what we're aiming for.
"We know their strengths and we know it's going to be a very tough ask but we know that we can go there confident."